Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling Tours now offers a menu of multi-sport activities. In addition to our signature guided cycling tours, your wine country experience can also include a guided hiking tour in the foothills of the San Rafael Mountains, a kayaking tour around the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, a hot-air balloon flight over the wine country or a beautiful guided horse-back ride through select private vineyard land in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Daily Guided Multi-Sport Activities
Guided Hiking Tours
Route: “Lover’s Loop”
Distance: Approx. 6 miles
Level of Difficulty: easy-moderate, some uphill.
This spectacular guided hike introduces you to some of the most beautiful terrain in our area. Nestled among the rolling hills and oak trees, the Lover's Loop trail is a circuitous route along the foothills of Figueroa Mountain. With views of the wine country and the Grass Mountain in the distance, this hike is a great visual of the Santa Ynez Valley. Lunch, snacks and water will be provided.
*For More Information on intermediate to advanced hiking options click here.
Guided Kayaking Tours
Trip includes: Ferry boat tickets, kayaking gear (paddle jackets, helmets and wetsuits as necessary), double kayak, snorkeling gear (warm wet suit, hood, snorkel, mask & fins available), knowledgeable guide(s), kayaking lesson, natural history and marine ecology.
Starting point and time: Ventura Harbor, 7am or 8am – 5pm. Actual start and finish times may vary.
Destination: Scorpion Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park
Level of difficulty: Beginner through advanced welcome. Children under 12 must ride in double kayak with a parent.
Paddling time and distance: 2.5 miles, 2.5 – 3 hours of island kayaking.
Highlights: Whale watching on the boat ride, incredible Channel Islands kayaking, Channel Islands National Park visitor's center, options for snorkeling and hiking, an amazing island experience.
Hot Air Balloon Flight & Wine Tasting Tour
A once in a lifetime experience you will never forget! Soar to new heights with our daily morning Santa Barbara balloon ride. With over 100 wineries in the scenic Santa Ynez Valley, capture the views of the wine vineyards and beautiful ranches of the Valley.
We offer 45 minutes to 1 hour duration flights that capture views over the Beautiful Wine Country surrounded by Transverse Mountain Ranges, the Channel Islands, Lake Cachuma and the historic towns of Solvang, Los Olivos, Buellton, Santa Maria and Paso Robles.
Guided Horseback Rides through the Vineyard
Enjoy unsurpassed views on this ranch and vineyard ride. The rolling hills set the stage for an unforgettable adventure on private horseback ride through the Estelle ranch and vineyards. After your ride, make your way back to the barn and enjoy a glass of wine from Estelle Vineyards.
We encourage you to bring food or appetizers to enjoy with your wine. We have a fridge in our tack room and are happy to keep your items cold.